Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday December 23rd.          Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)           Happy Reading!           Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Seraphina (Paperback)

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9780375866227
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ember, 6/2013
In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. When a member of the royal family is murdered, court musician Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, as she battles a sinister plot to destroy the peace between humans and dragons.

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:00pm
  We will be closing at 4PM on Christmas Eve and we will be closed of Christmas Day as we spend the day with family, friends, and books.          If you absolutely must have something new to read, we recommend any of our selection of ebooks.     You can read Kobo ebooks on a dedicated ereader, or via a free app for whatever device you navigated to this page on ... with one bullying on-line retailer's product excepted.      
$1.99
ISBN-13: 9780345539793
Published: Del Rey, 01/28/2014

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 6:00pm
  Readers looking for recommendations on books to acquire with their holiday gift certificates are encouraged to join debut urban fantasy author Bishop O’Connell, who will share cookies and refreshments as well as insights into his American Faerie Tale series. The Stolen opens with a mortal child kidnapped by faeries for the first time in more than a century. Bishop was a Navy brat, and long-time San Diego resident before his restless nature led him to explore multiple careers and residences across the nation.  In the giving spirit of the season, Bishop shared his experience with a life-changing book: When I was fourteen, I was given a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It was the first book I was given. I don’t overstate when I say that book changed my view of the world. It was one reason I majored in philosophy in college. It’s an esoteric piece to be sure, and it would’ve been easy for someone to think I was too young to understand it. But that didn’t happen. I devoured the book, and have read it again countless times since then. It’s not a spiritual book. Rather it broadened my understanding, taught me to think, and to view the world in new ways. It’s kind of astounding if you think about it. A collection of words printed onto paper had that kind of lasting effect. Of course not every book will have that kind of impact, but some might. And it might just be a book you least expect, one you might not have bought for yourself.              

The Stolen (Mass Market Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780062358790
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Harper Voyager Impulse, 8/2014

Tonight, for the first time in over a century, a mortal child will be kidnapped by faeries. 

When her daughter Fiona is snatched from her bed, Caitlin's entire world crumbles. Once certain that faeries were only a fantasy, Caitlin must now accept that these supernatural creatures do exist--and that they have traded in their ancient swords and horses for modern guns and sports cars. Hopelessly outmatched, she accepts help from a trio of unlikely heroes: Eddy, a psychiatrist and novice wizard; Brendan, an outcast Fian warrior; and Dante, a Magister of the fae's Rogue Court. Moving from the busy streets of Boston's suburbs to the shadowy land of Tir na nOg, Caitlin and her allies will risk everything to save Fiona. But can this disparate quartet conquer their own inner demons and outwit the dark faeries before it's too late?

About the Author

Bishop O'Connell is a consultant, writer, poet, blogger, and member of the New Hampshire Writer's Project. Born in Naples Italy while his father was stationed in Sardinia, Bishop grew up in San Diego, CA where he fell in love with the ocean and fish tacos. While wandering the country for work and school, he experienced autumn in New England. Soon after, he settled in Manchester, NH, where he collects swords and kilts. But he only dons one of those two in public. His urban fantasy book, The Stolen, and its sequel, The Forgotten are being published by Harper Voyager. He can also be found online at A Quiet Pint (aquietpint.com), where he muses philosophical on the various aspects of writing and the road to getting published.


Tue, 12/30/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday December 30th.          Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)           Happy Reading!           Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Low Midnight (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780765368690
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books, 12/2014
Cormac, the Kitty Norville series' most popular supporting character, stars in his first solo adventure.

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 4:00pm
We will be closing at 4PM on New Year's Eve to ring in the New Year ... and prepare for our annual New Year's Day Sale!  
Thu, 01/01/2015 - 10:00am
Our New Year’s Day Sale takes place on Thursday, January 1, from 10 AM to 2 PM. To participate, customers must make an in-store purchase during the month of December. When they do, they will receive a special coupon entitling them to some great discounts and bargains!                           Then, on New Year’s Day, start things off right by joining us at MGSD for our store-wide sale!  Coupons are required to participate and are honored for in-store sales only. (Offer excludes reserved books, gift certificates, and Kobo ebooks and e-readers.)   
Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday January 6th.          Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)           Happy Reading!           Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 
$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780756409661
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: DAW, 10/2014
When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire, police constable and wizard-in-training Peter Grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural is involved. This series is a perennial staff and customer favorite.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 7:30pm
Amber Benson signs The Witches of Echo Park in San Diego. Details to follow.            
$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780425268674
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ace Trade, 1/2015

Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated—and we will all pay if their power falls… 

When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets—extraordinary secrets—from her. 

Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril—for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last…

About the Author

Amber Benson cocreated, cowrote, and directed the animated supernatural Web series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden, which they followed with a series of novels, including Witchery and Accursed, and the novella Astray. Benson and Golden also coauthored the novella The Seven Whistlers. As an actress, she has appeared in dozens of roles in feature films, TV movies, and television series, including the fan-favorite role of Tara Maclay on three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Benson wrote, produced, and directed the feature films Chance and Lovers, Liars and Lunatics. She's also the author of the Calliope Reaper-Jones novels, including The Golden Age of Death, How to be Death, and Serpent's Storm.


Wed, 01/07/2015 - 7:00pm
The first discussion of 2015 focuses on Toby Barlow's Babayaga.     The San Diego Book Discussion Group is led by Fearless Leader Christine. Participation is open to all readers; readers need not have completed a particular book to attend – it’s the perfect opportunity for readers to branch out and find new favorites!                   Attendees receive 20% off of the current book club selection! 
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781250050298
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Picador, 8/2014

Indie Next List

August 2013
Moving from ancient Russia to the dawn of the New World, stretching into an endless future, but mainly rushing madly around postwar Paris, Babayaga covers a lot of ground. Vengeful witches hunt, charm, and wage battle. Evil scientists hatch sinister plans. A dashing spy runs a crew of outcast mercenaries. A good-hearted police inspector stays on his case, even in the form of a flea! And hapless Will, ad man/CIA informant, is caught in the whirlwind, which just might be the best thing that's ever happened to him. Babayaga crackles with an electric energy driven by its hilariously inventive plot, clever prose, and outrageously eccentric cast of characters. -- Sara Hinckley, Hudson Booksellers, Marietta, GA

Description


The year is 1959, and strange events are brewing in Paris, a city where nothing (and no one) is as it seems.

We meet Will, who hails from Detroit and works at an international advertising agency, which is also a front for the CIA. Then there’s the enchanting Zoya, who could cast a spell with her looks—and, as a witch, she often does (she also recently impaled her ex on a spike).

Inspector Vidot, on the other hand, is a hardworking police detective who cherishes a quiet evening at home. Until he follows a lead on a particularly gruesome murder—and finds himself turned into a flea. And the adventure wouldn’t be complete without Oliver, a fun-loving American patrician who has come to Paris to launch a literary journal with the support of certain secretive friends.

Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of angry witches, and a weaponized LSD program, and you have Toby Barlow’s Babayaga: a wickedly sharp tale of the City of Light that’s part love story, part thriller, and pure brilliance.

About the Author


Toby Barlow is the author of Sharp Teeth. He lives in Detroit.

Praise for Babayaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris…


“This supernatural-spy-thriller-romance-history is one of the most entertaining books you’ll read [this season]—or decade.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Tolkien meets Graham Greene meets Anne Rice in this wild, surrealistic caper.”—New York magazine

“A fun brew of witches, CIA spies, and fraught romance....Barlow casts a magical spell.”—People

“Barlow is adept at combining unexpected genres....When Barlow began writing fiction, he has said, he was ‘blessed by Plimpton’s spirit of making the impossible possible.’ This book continues in that tradition: It’s an absurd hybrid that winds up as a bewitching caper novel.”—Los Angeles Times

“Toby Barlow is a warlock. Babayaga is his potion. Drink up.”—Robin Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore


Fri, 01/09/2015 - 7:30pm
Thomas Perry Signs A String of Beads in San Diego. Details to follow.            

A String of Beads (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780802123299
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mysterious Press, 1/2015

After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, nee Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York--or so she thinks.

One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it.

A String of Beads is an addictive, fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life--and the life of those you love--depends on it.

About the Author

Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows.  He lives in Southern California.